Audie Cornish

Audie Cornish is host of All Things Considered, along with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block.

Previously, she served as host of Weekend Edition Sunday. Prior to moving into that host position in the fall of 2011, Cornish reported from Capitol Hill for NPR News, covering issues and power in both the House and Senate and specializing in financial industry policy. She was part of NPR's six-person reporting team during the 2008 presidential election, and had a featured role in coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Cornish comes to Washington, D.C., from Nashville, where she covered the South for NPR, including many the Gulf states left reeling by the 2005 hurricane season. She has also covered the aftermath of other disasters, including the deaths of several miners in West Virginia in 2006, as well as the tornadoes that struck Tennessee in 2006 and Alabama in 2007.

Before coming to NPR, Cornish was a reporter for Boston's award-winning public radio station WBUR. There she covered some of the region's major news stories, including the legalization of same sex marriage, the sexual abuse scandal in the Boston Roman Catholic Archdiocese, as well as Boston's hosting of the Democratic National Convention. Cornish also reported for WBUR's syndicated programming including On Point, distributed by NPR, and Here and Now.

In 2005, Cornish shared in a first prize in the National Awards for Education Writing for "Reading, Writing, and Race," a study of the achievement gap. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Cornish has served as a reporter for the Associated Press in Boston. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.



Sun July 3, 2011

Whither The Astronauts Without A Shuttle?

Mission Specialist Christer Fuglesang waves on a spacewalk during a 2009 shuttle visit to the International Space Station.

On July 8, the final space shuttle will take off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. With it comes the end of a 40-year program that's put more humans in space than any other.

NASA is retiring its fleet of shuttle spacecraft to build something that can take humans past the moon and into deep space. That's expected to take years, leaving astronauts with some hard choices about what to do in the meantime.

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Tue May 10, 2011
Digital Life

Senators Grill Phone Execs On Mobile Privacy

Originally published on Wed May 11, 2011 8:37 am

A Verizon iPhone
Mark Lennihan AP

Executives from the biggest brands in mobile computing were called to Capitol Hill Tuesday to clear up concerns that they have tracked and stored data about their customers' whereabouts, in some cases without their permission.

Apple and Google defended the location technology in iPhones and Android-software-based phones that makes some of their services possible for consumers and advertisers.

While the companies say they've taken precautions to protect privacy, lawmakers are looking at further ways to shield consumers.

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Tue May 10, 2011

Republicans Propose 'Tweaks' To New Financial Rules

One of the first bills Republicans filed on the first day of this Congress was one repealing the new law governing Wall Street. But since then, the repeal bill has languished untouched, with barely a half-dozen co-sponsors.

That doesn't mean Republicans are giving up, however. The GOP's latest plan is what detractors call death by a thousand cuts.

'They're Trying To Nibble It To Death'

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Tue April 19, 2011
The Federal Budget Crunch

Agency's Warning Heats Up Debt Ceiling Debate

Congress has finally passed a spending plan for the year, but now another big budget battle looms over raising the debt ceiling — the amount the U.S. is allowed to borrow to pay its bills.

For months, lawmakers have known that the nation's credit limit, currently $14.3 trillion, would top out this spring. Now, news that major bond rating agency Standard and Poor's has lowered its outlook on U.S. government borrowing puts even more pressure on the coming debate, forcing lawmakers to consider their options as they face yet another high-stakes vote.

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Wed April 13, 2011
The Federal Budget Crunch

Budget Compromise May Be A Tough Sell In Congress

President Obama laid out his vision for next year's budget on Wednesday: a plan to cut the deficit by more than $4 trillion over 12 years. Meanwhile, House lawmakers are just getting to the business of wrapping up this year's spending plan.

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